Guidebook for Barcelona

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Guidebook for Barcelona

Everything Else

CaixaBank
149 Carrer de Muntaner
Bank

Food Scene

Cheap menu and quality
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Balthazar
189 Carrer del Rosselló
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Cheap menu and quality
Rosellon,183
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Brunch & Cake up Granados
145 Carrer d'Enric Granados
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Rosellon,183
Restaurant
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Toto
246 Carrer de València
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Restaurant
Restaurant
La Camarga
117 C/ ARIBAU
Restaurant

Shopping

Dolce&Gabbana
95 Passeig de Gràcia
Shooping
Giorgio Armani Retail S.R.L. Sucursal En España
6 Passeig de Gràcia
Shooping
Louis Vuitton Barcelona Paseo De Gracia
80 Passeig de Gràcia
Shooping
Adidas Performance Store
3 Passeig de Gràcia
Shooping
Nike Barcelona
29 Passeig de Gràcia
Shooping

Essentials

Supermarket
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Mercadona
366 Carrer del Consell de Cent
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Supermarket

Arts & Culture

Gaudi House Real Estate
192 Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret
Gaudi
Opened to the public in 1963, the Picasso Museum houses early works by the Spanish artist which show not only his evolution at the beginning of his career, but also his links with the city. The 4,249 works comprised in the collection make this a world-class museum and a must for any visitor to Barcelona.
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Picassomuseet
15-23 Carrer Montcada
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Opened to the public in 1963, the Picasso Museum houses early works by the Spanish artist which show not only his evolution at the beginning of his career, but also his links with the city. The 4,249 works comprised in the collection make this a world-class museum and a must for any visitor to Barcelona.
A museum dedicated entirely to the artist Antoni Tàpies. Get to know this Catalan artist through the English language audio guide for the permanent exhibition – it’s included in the price of admission. It is walking distance from the flat and it is a beautiful appartment.
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Fundació Antoni Tàpies
255 Carrer d'Aragó
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A museum dedicated entirely to the artist Antoni Tàpies. Get to know this Catalan artist through the English language audio guide for the permanent exhibition – it’s included in the price of admission. It is walking distance from the flat and it is a beautiful appartment.

Lugares emblemáticos

Gaudí’s masterpiece and prime example of Catalan modernism, the Sagrada Familia (Church of the Holy Family) is the most popular sight in Barcelona. This large basilica is striking not only because of its whimsical shapes, but also because it is still under construction. The first stone of the Sagrada Familia –a church which occupies a whole block in the Ensanche– was laid in the year 1882. Construction started one year later under architect Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano, who had planned a building in Neo-Gothic style. Due to some disagreements with the promoter of the project, bookseller Josep Maria Bocabella, and the architect who advised him, Joan Martorell, Francisco de Paula abandoned the project soon after starting it. It was then that Gaudí, a 31-year-old architect who had worked as an assistant to both Francisco de Paula and Joan Martorell, took over the project. He devoted the rest of his life to it, at first in parallel with other works, but in his last years in an exclusive manner: given that Gaudí worked with sketches and took many of his decisions on the go as the works advanced, his presence on the construction site was indispensable. As soon as he was put in charge, the first thing Gaudí did was to change completely all that had been planned. He designed a totally different building (except for the crypt, which had already been built), in which the most important elements are the 18 towers that rise high with a parabolic profile. Once the building is completed, it will have four towers above each of its three façades (a total of twelve towers representing the Apostles), two large central dome-towers dedicated to Jesus and the Virgin, and four other towers (the Evangelists) surrounding them. As can be seen, symbols play an important role in the design of the building. Other remarkable features are the naturalistic shapes that Gaudí employed, as well as the parabolic arches. Both are very frequent elements in his buildings. During Gaudí’s lifetime, only the Nativity façade was completed. The architect, aware that the construction would last several decades, decided to leave a series of models and sketches so that future generations could continue with the works following the original plan. However, during the Civil War a fire razed the crypt –which Gaudí had used as a workshop– and destroyed a large part of the material. After the fire, some fragments of the models could be retrieved, and, with the help of some photographs of them, new models were created with which the works could continue.
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Sagrada Família
401 Carrer de Mallorca
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Gaudí’s masterpiece and prime example of Catalan modernism, the Sagrada Familia (Church of the Holy Family) is the most popular sight in Barcelona. This large basilica is striking not only because of its whimsical shapes, but also because it is still under construction. The first stone of the Sagrada Familia –a church which occupies a whole block in the Ensanche– was laid in the year 1882. Construction started one year later under architect Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano, who had planned a building in Neo-Gothic style. Due to some disagreements with the promoter of the project, bookseller Josep Maria Bocabella, and the architect who advised him, Joan Martorell, Francisco de Paula abandoned the project soon after starting it. It was then that Gaudí, a 31-year-old architect who had worked as an assistant to both Francisco de Paula and Joan Martorell, took over the project. He devoted the rest of his life to it, at first in parallel with other works, but in his last years in an exclusive manner: given that Gaudí worked with sketches and took many of his decisions on the go as the works advanced, his presence on the construction site was indispensable. As soon as he was put in charge, the first thing Gaudí did was to change completely all that had been planned. He designed a totally different building (except for the crypt, which had already been built), in which the most important elements are the 18 towers that rise high with a parabolic profile. Once the building is completed, it will have four towers above each of its three façades (a total of twelve towers representing the Apostles), two large central dome-towers dedicated to Jesus and the Virgin, and four other towers (the Evangelists) surrounding them. As can be seen, symbols play an important role in the design of the building. Other remarkable features are the naturalistic shapes that Gaudí employed, as well as the parabolic arches. Both are very frequent elements in his buildings. During Gaudí’s lifetime, only the Nativity façade was completed. The architect, aware that the construction would last several decades, decided to leave a series of models and sketches so that future generations could continue with the works following the original plan. However, during the Civil War a fire razed the crypt –which Gaudí had used as a workshop– and destroyed a large part of the material. After the fire, some fragments of the models could be retrieved, and, with the help of some photographs of them, new models were created with which the works could continue.
The Hospital de la Santa Creu y de Sant Pau (Hospital of the Holy Cross and Saint Paul) is one of the largest complexes in Catalan modernist architecture. It was built between 1902 and 1930 following the design of architect Lluís Domènec i Montaner, and thanks to a donation made by banker Pau Gil i Serra. The hospital complex takes up several blocks in the Ensanche and consists of 27 buildings. The design of the hospital was influenced by the hygienist theories and the technological advances of the epoch, making it one of the most modern hospitals of its time. It is divided into a series of isolated pavilions, interconnected by underground tunnels and surrounded by gardens and open spaces. This allowed the separation of patients by specialties as well as the passage of light and fresh air. The ornamentation of the buildings also plays an important role.
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Hospital de Sant Pau
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The Hospital de la Santa Creu y de Sant Pau (Hospital of the Holy Cross and Saint Paul) is one of the largest complexes in Catalan modernist architecture. It was built between 1902 and 1930 following the design of architect Lluís Domènec i Montaner, and thanks to a donation made by banker Pau Gil i Serra. The hospital complex takes up several blocks in the Ensanche and consists of 27 buildings. The design of the hospital was influenced by the hygienist theories and the technological advances of the epoch, making it one of the most modern hospitals of its time. It is divided into a series of isolated pavilions, interconnected by underground tunnels and surrounded by gardens and open spaces. This allowed the separation of patients by specialties as well as the passage of light and fresh air. The ornamentation of the buildings also plays an important role.
Park Güell offers the perfect surroundings to enjoy some modernist architecture and a pleasant stroll through the park at the same time. Designed by Gaudí under the patronage of entrepreneur Eusebi Güell, it was meant initially to be a housing development for Barcelona’s bourgeoisie. In the height of Barcelona’s urban growth and construction under Plan Cerdà, Güell wanted to provide the city with a British-style residential park (hence its English name). He chose to build the park on the Montaña Pelada, a hill with unbeatable views over the sea and the plain. The space was divided into 60 plots, and paths, stairs and walkways were built. Strict construction rules were established: the buildings should not take up more than one sixth of each plot, they could not be very high and they should not block the neighbors’ views and light. Construction started in the year 1900 and, apart from the paths and walkways, a big porticoed square, the pavilions at the entry, the outer fence and the main stairway were built. However, the project was abandoned in 1914 due to the lack of buyers. During Güell’s lifetime the park, although still his private property, was used for public events; after his death, the municipality purchased it, and what was originally meant to be a residential area was converted into a public park.
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Parc Güell
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Park Güell offers the perfect surroundings to enjoy some modernist architecture and a pleasant stroll through the park at the same time. Designed by Gaudí under the patronage of entrepreneur Eusebi Güell, it was meant initially to be a housing development for Barcelona’s bourgeoisie. In the height of Barcelona’s urban growth and construction under Plan Cerdà, Güell wanted to provide the city with a British-style residential park (hence its English name). He chose to build the park on the Montaña Pelada, a hill with unbeatable views over the sea and the plain. The space was divided into 60 plots, and paths, stairs and walkways were built. Strict construction rules were established: the buildings should not take up more than one sixth of each plot, they could not be very high and they should not block the neighbors’ views and light. Construction started in the year 1900 and, apart from the paths and walkways, a big porticoed square, the pavilions at the entry, the outer fence and the main stairway were built. However, the project was abandoned in 1914 due to the lack of buyers. During Güell’s lifetime the park, although still his private property, was used for public events; after his death, the municipality purchased it, and what was originally meant to be a residential area was converted into a public park.
Of all Gaudí’s works, Casa Batlló is probably the most fanciful one, and the one that impresses most with its play of shapes and colors. Despite appearances, the house was not built from scratch: it is a remodel of a previous mansion that stood on number 43, Passeig de Gràcia. The mansion, built in 1877, was purchased in 1903 by Josep Batlló, an important businessman in the textile industry. Wishing to have a house that was unlike any other house, he commissioned Gaudí to refurbish the mansion completely. After a thorough renovation of the building between 1904 and 1906, the result was a house full of bright colors and organic shapes. The roof looks like the back of a dragon covered in scales, which together with the cross on top of the turret, seems to allude to the legend of Saint George, patron saint of Barcelona.
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Casa Batlló
43 Passeig de Gràcia
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Of all Gaudí’s works, Casa Batlló is probably the most fanciful one, and the one that impresses most with its play of shapes and colors. Despite appearances, the house was not built from scratch: it is a remodel of a previous mansion that stood on number 43, Passeig de Gràcia. The mansion, built in 1877, was purchased in 1903 by Josep Batlló, an important businessman in the textile industry. Wishing to have a house that was unlike any other house, he commissioned Gaudí to refurbish the mansion completely. After a thorough renovation of the building between 1904 and 1906, the result was a house full of bright colors and organic shapes. The roof looks like the back of a dragon covered in scales, which together with the cross on top of the turret, seems to allude to the legend of Saint George, patron saint of Barcelona.
Casa Milà, popularly known as “La pedrera” (“The Quarry”) because of its stone façade resembling a quarry, is one of Gaudí’s most famous buildings. It was commissioned in 1906 by businessman Pere Milà i Camps and his wife Roser Segimon i Artells. Their idea was to build a private house for themselves and, at the same time, to have some apartments for rent in the most rapidly growing urban area at the time in Barcelona, the Ensanche. The house was designed as two independent blocks with separate accesses, but communicated by inner courtyards. The innovating construction method, based on the use of pillars, allowed the creation of wide open spaces and numerous openings on the façade. Other remarkable elements are the movement of the façade, with its sinuous lines, and the naturalistic decorations.
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Casa Milà
261-265 Provença
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Casa Milà, popularly known as “La pedrera” (“The Quarry”) because of its stone façade resembling a quarry, is one of Gaudí’s most famous buildings. It was commissioned in 1906 by businessman Pere Milà i Camps and his wife Roser Segimon i Artells. Their idea was to build a private house for themselves and, at the same time, to have some apartments for rent in the most rapidly growing urban area at the time in Barcelona, the Ensanche. The house was designed as two independent blocks with separate accesses, but communicated by inner courtyards. The innovating construction method, based on the use of pillars, allowed the creation of wide open spaces and numerous openings on the façade. Other remarkable elements are the movement of the façade, with its sinuous lines, and the naturalistic decorations.
The Church of Santa María del Mar is one of Barcelona’s little gems. It was built in the 14th century with money contributed by merchants and tradesmen, and with the labor of the district‘s inhabitants. Given that all the funding and work came from the parishioners, it was decided that the church would belong solely to them. The church, built in Catalan Gothic style, is remarkable for its light and spacious interior. It has three aisles, with side chapels and an ambulatory. The side aisles are exactly half as wide as the central one and nearly as high as it, although they are slightly lower. This, combined with the wide arches and the slender columns that support them, makes the interior unusually light and spacious. All the columns are octagonal and the ceiling is made of simple ribbed vaults; the lack of ornamental features gives a sober look to the interior, strengthening the impression of spaciousness.
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Santa Maria del Mar
1 Plaça de Santa Maria
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The Church of Santa María del Mar is one of Barcelona’s little gems. It was built in the 14th century with money contributed by merchants and tradesmen, and with the labor of the district‘s inhabitants. Given that all the funding and work came from the parishioners, it was decided that the church would belong solely to them. The church, built in Catalan Gothic style, is remarkable for its light and spacious interior. It has three aisles, with side chapels and an ambulatory. The side aisles are exactly half as wide as the central one and nearly as high as it, although they are slightly lower. This, combined with the wide arches and the slender columns that support them, makes the interior unusually light and spacious. All the columns are octagonal and the ceiling is made of simple ribbed vaults; the lack of ornamental features gives a sober look to the interior, strengthening the impression of spaciousness.
The Cementiri de Montjuïc, the cemetery on the hill of Barcelona, is a very special park. This park of about 57 acres lies between the cargo port and the Castell. The very morbid atmosphere has its own charm: here you can experience 150 years of art history, and the cemetery is a unique place of silence in Barcelona. For the locals, the cemetery is not very popular. This is certainly not because of the place itself, but because the idea that a cemetery could be a tourist attraction is disconcerting. But this is to do the cemetery an injustice - the Cementiri de Montjuïc is a park that has a lot of art history and history to offer, and boasts some very beautiful areas. At the end of the 19th Century the city grew tremendously and the previously smaller cemeteries in the districts could not be extended. Therefore a new terrain was sought - the then little-used Montjuïc offered an ideal solution. The cemetery was established on 17th March 1883, being officially opened by the mayor. On 19th March the first burial took place: José Fonrodona Riva a mayor from Cuba. His final resting place is open to visitors. At the cemetery you can see the various ways in which remains are laid to rest in Spain: in a magnificent mausoleum – most of which in this cemetery are in the neo-Gothic-style, in a earth grave with ornate statues of saints, in family vaults or in the sepulchral niches, i.e. the coffins above ground in large communal graves. Up to eight graves are located here on top of each other. A commemorative plaque at the foot of the grave commemorates the deceased. Whoever was given such a resting place - magnificent mausoleum, niche or grave - surely depended mainly on how much the family members were willing to invest in the grave and its care. In particular the ground tombs and mausoleums are the special attractions of the cemetery. At the highest point of the cemetery you can see a crematorium of the Romans. Originally the cemetery was planned as a strictly symmetrical system, but with the growth of the cemetery the steep area of Montjuic was also adapted. From 1960 onward Cementri de Conserolla was the the new main cemetery in Barcelona. Overall, in the cemetery of Montjuïc over 152,000 people are buried. Now urn burials primarily take place, and ashes may also be scattered in a special piece of woodland. Famous people who have found their final resting place at Cementiri de Montjuïc include: the musician and composer Isaac Albeniz, the architect Ildefons Cerdà, the President of the Generalitat Lluís Companys, who was murdered by the Francoists, the founder of FC Barcelona Joan Gamper and the renowned painter and sculptor Joan Miró. You can download a map of the Cemetery here (PDF file). At the cemetery office at the main entrance (Mare de Déu del Port) you can get route plans. With these you can make three 2-3 hour long tours through the cemetery, an art tour, a historical tour or a combination of both.
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Montjuïc Cemetery
56 Carrer de la Mare de Déu de Port
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The Cementiri de Montjuïc, the cemetery on the hill of Barcelona, is a very special park. This park of about 57 acres lies between the cargo port and the Castell. The very morbid atmosphere has its own charm: here you can experience 150 years of art history, and the cemetery is a unique place of silence in Barcelona. For the locals, the cemetery is not very popular. This is certainly not because of the place itself, but because the idea that a cemetery could be a tourist attraction is disconcerting. But this is to do the cemetery an injustice - the Cementiri de Montjuïc is a park that has a lot of art history and history to offer, and boasts some very beautiful areas. At the end of the 19th Century the city grew tremendously and the previously smaller cemeteries in the districts could not be extended. Therefore a new terrain was sought - the then little-used Montjuïc offered an ideal solution. The cemetery was established on 17th March 1883, being officially opened by the mayor. On 19th March the first burial took place: José Fonrodona Riva a mayor from Cuba. His final resting place is open to visitors. At the cemetery you can see the various ways in which remains are laid to rest in Spain: in a magnificent mausoleum – most of which in this cemetery are in the neo-Gothic-style, in a earth grave with ornate statues of saints, in family vaults or in the sepulchral niches, i.e. the coffins above ground in large communal graves. Up to eight graves are located here on top of each other. A commemorative plaque at the foot of the grave commemorates the deceased. Whoever was given such a resting place - magnificent mausoleum, niche or grave - surely depended mainly on how much the family members were willing to invest in the grave and its care. In particular the ground tombs and mausoleums are the special attractions of the cemetery. At the highest point of the cemetery you can see a crematorium of the Romans. Originally the cemetery was planned as a strictly symmetrical system, but with the growth of the cemetery the steep area of Montjuic was also adapted. From 1960 onward Cementri de Conserolla was the the new main cemetery in Barcelona. Overall, in the cemetery of Montjuïc over 152,000 people are buried. Now urn burials primarily take place, and ashes may also be scattered in a special piece of woodland. Famous people who have found their final resting place at Cementiri de Montjuïc include: the musician and composer Isaac Albeniz, the architect Ildefons Cerdà, the President of the Generalitat Lluís Companys, who was murdered by the Francoists, the founder of FC Barcelona Joan Gamper and the renowned painter and sculptor Joan Miró. You can download a map of the Cemetery here (PDF file). At the cemetery office at the main entrance (Mare de Déu del Port) you can get route plans. With these you can make three 2-3 hour long tours through the cemetery, an art tour, a historical tour or a combination of both.

Excursions outside the city

Sitges is groaning with art and culture. With an international film festival and countless fiestas throughout the year, there's never a dull time to visit. The impressive architectural and cultural heritage is a result of various artists turning the town into an important centre of the Catalan Modernist Movement. Located just 30 minutes south of Barcelona, Sitges has been described as the Saint-Tropez of Spain thanks to its glitzy beach crowd and lively nightlife. Renowned for its LGBT-friendly atmosphere as well as its world-famous horror film festival, Sitges has plenty to offer visitors.
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Sitges
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Sitges is groaning with art and culture. With an international film festival and countless fiestas throughout the year, there's never a dull time to visit. The impressive architectural and cultural heritage is a result of various artists turning the town into an important centre of the Catalan Modernist Movement. Located just 30 minutes south of Barcelona, Sitges has been described as the Saint-Tropez of Spain thanks to its glitzy beach crowd and lively nightlife. Renowned for its LGBT-friendly atmosphere as well as its world-famous horror film festival, Sitges has plenty to offer visitors.